PAINT­ING

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Home Revamps -

Ev­ery­one knows do­ing your own paint­ing gives you the big­gest bang for your ren­o­vat­ing buck (check out the en­try­way below). Although not hav­ing to pay for labour is the big­gest saver, there are ways you can save even more with these clever buy­ing tips.

• Buy­ing paint in bulk is cheap­est, so choos­ing a colour that will work in many rooms means you can buy a larger tin of paint. If you use a dif­fer­ent colour in each room you’ll need to buy smaller tins, which will be more ex­pen­sive.

• Look for trade brands of paint. These can be a lot cheaper than more well-known re­tail brands. Make a sav­ing by us­ing them for un­der­coats and ceil­ing paint, then go for a more ex­pen­sive paint for what counts: your fi­nal coats.

• Use the best qual­ity brushes and rollers you can af­ford. A few bucks saved buy­ing cheap equip­ment might end up cost­ing more in the long run. Qual­ity gear will give you a bet­ter fin­ish, get the job done faster and use less paint.

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